RuPaul’s Drag Race: Curtain Up!

Posted on March 18, 2014

HALLELU!
But first, attention must be paid:

 

 

Serving envelope-opening and-the-award-goes-to realness.

 

 

BITCH DON’T AGE.

Twenty-five years earlier:

Does anyone see a difference other than the hairstyle?

 

Now let’s see how these song and dance queens did.

Everyone assumed it was going to come down to Adore and Courtney – and with good reason – but part of us hoped Ben would walk away with the win this week, just for surprising us with a fully realized, totally committed performance that almost stole the spotlight away from Courtney. Maybe she should ditch the super-bubbly schtick and get more in touch with her shady side.

 

 

Trinity was as difficult as expected, but she turned out better than we thought she would, judging by the rehearsal footage. Bianca was polished and held the duo together on stage, for the most part.

 

 

Cute. More fun than we expected.

 

Didn’t get this one at all. Milk, bless her heart, has a strong idea in her head of what she’s trying to do, but the execution tends to be lacking somehow. It never quite seems to come across, leaving everyone scratching their heads. And she doesn’t seem capable of defending. If a gum-chewing moron like Gia can get you flustered to the point where you can’t explain your vision, then maybe you should examine what you’re doing.

 

April threw them all off their game, but frankly, as a trio, there didn’t seem to really be all that much of a game in the first place. Not memorable, is what we’re trying to say.

 

 

Adore is a rock star. No, really. When it came down to her and Courtney, she gave the more charismatic performance. But she’s right to compare herself to Courtney Love, because she’s all voice and attitude onstage, but she’s completely lacking in polish. She relies too much on her persona during this competition when you can see she’s got real performing skills.  This is why Auntie Ru is going to coddle her so much. She loves those To Wong Foo-style endings where she lifts an unpolished queen up to divahood.

 

But this girl’s a straight-up SUPERSTAR. Adore had the stronger voice and probably the more dramatic performance, but Courtney was polished like an Old Broadway hoofer, which is exactly what the challenge was asking for . Watch her performance again, she acted right down to her toes and fingertips. She was every inch that character in that moment, selling it like she was center stage on Broadway. There was no question that she deserved to be the winner, no matter how talented Adore is.

Do your little turn on the catwalk, ladies.

 

Still probably the one to beat overall. There doesn’t seem to be a situation Ru can come up with that’ll throw her off her game. She’s a pro. And she’s clearly the smartest in the room.

But for such a cute boy, she has yet to make herself into a pretty queen on the runway. And we don’t buy that she’s not shooting for pretty in her looks. She may be a comedy queen, but she’s a comedy queen who trades in straight up glamour. But her face always looks freaky.

And while LaGanja was a complete mess in the Untucked Lounge, Bianca was a bitch for choosing that moment to make a joke. More on that in a bit.

 

Tyra Sanchez 2.0. The same moodiness and defensiveness every time she’s asked to do anything more than stand, pose, and look pretty.

 

 

She is – by far – the most talented makeup queen in this lot. It’s kind of refreshingly wonderful that the most glamorous of the queens is also a big girl comedy queen. She’s also got one hell of a rack, although we wince in pain at whatever she had to do to accomplish the effect. She’s got the performing chops and the serving chops, but she needs a rethink on the style chops. She has yet to wear anything memorable.

 

She was one MAJOR CharismaUniquenessNerveTalent in the Untucked Lounge last night. When someone flips out that much at being called ignorant, then you know deep down she thinks it’s true.

Gia’s the biggest bitch in the group at the moment but we wind up complaining more about Bianca. That’s mainly because Bianca’s arguably one of the best and definitely the sharpest and smartest of the queens. Every time Bianca goes after someone, she’s punching down. Every time Gia does it, she looks like a total fool.

She does have some seriously impressive reading skills, though. We’ll give her that. And that’s an epic bitchface that could cause a mountain to crumble.

 

We realized something last night. Ben is INFINITELY more appealing when he’s not in drag. Partly because he’s cute, but almost entirely because he has this relaxed, droll side of himself that he hides completely when he puts on a dress. Ben in drag comes off so high strung and artificial, but Ben out of drag is really likable. We’d rather he take a page from Ru herself, who doesn’t really differentiate between her drag and out-of-drag selves, relying instead on her intensely likable personality and smoothness as a performer (which Ben also has in spades).

 

 

Despite the fact that she’s pretty and calls herself fishy (we would quibble on that one), Courtney revealed last night that her true threat to the other gals is in her performing ability. This look is okay, but not even close to being the best on the catwalk.

 

This was a surprisingly dramatic and “grown up” (if there is such a thing in drag) look coming from her. She didn’t do much to distinguish herself during the musical but she sure ran away with the Drama Queen award for the night in the Lounge. Like we said, Bianca should’ve realized this wasn’t the moment for one of her competitive “I’m totally gonna beat you just kidding no I’m not” jokes. As manipulative as those home videos are, you’ve gotta be a pretty cold queen to yank the spotlight on yourself like that when another queen is Having A Moment.

But of course, LaGanja had to go and dissolve any sort of support we were feeling for her when she had an utterly ridiculous, camera-hogging meltdown, complete with sort-of tears and a dubious new mantra: “I’M GOING TO SPREAD MY WINGS AND BE THE BIRD I KNOW I CAN BE! OR SOMETHING!”

Girl.

 

 

Not only was she terrible in the musical, but this catwalk look should’ve taken points away from her score too. There’s nothing “Tony Night” about this look. “Country Music Awards crossed with Latin Grammys,” yes. Tonys, no. Actually, it looks more like a tacky wedding gown. And it really held her back during the lip synch when she came across as barely able to maneuver in the thing.

 

Still rather generic. She seems to have more personality out of drag, where she comes across cute-bitchy. Granted, she tried to go up against Gia in the Lounge, but Gia hit below the belt immediately and that seemed to send her reeling.

 

We get genderfuck and club kid drag. We get where she’s coming from. It’s just not working. The runway look was supposed to say “Tony Night.” What do those shoes and socks have to do with anything? What’s that weird black line around the lip? Alaska and Sharon could do looks like this and find something witty to say, but we’re not getting wit here. Just weirdness.

 

 

What a surprisingly bland look. We wonder if she thought she had it locked down because of her singing.

 

To our surprise, April and Trinity served up a highly energetic and competitive lip synch. Under different circumstances, we would have declared it impossible to call.

 

But her performance in the musical was legendarily bad (whereas Trinity’s was merely awful) and her catwalk look worked against her. We could see the argument that Trinity should’ve gone home just for being so sour and hard to work with, but we suspect her time to sashay away we’ll be coming soon. We don’t think Ru will make another Tyra mistake.

 

 

 

[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

  • RussellH88

    One of the biggest issues when the queens have
    to perform with material that’s already provided for them is that the
    material tends to suck (The sitcom challenge, the Telenovella, etc) and
    the judges tend to need to reward those who do the best with the sub-par
    material.

    I say this because I think that the musical was generally better than
    expected, but it was so obviously uneven in terms of quality with the
    first half being better than the second half that it was a no-brainer
    that Courtney would win. The first half actually had some sort of story
    to it, more dialogue, and was generally more in line with something that
    felt like theater despite still being kinda lame (That fart joke was a
    dull thud) The second half just kinda fell apart because suddenly the
    main character was no longer the main character and it focused on 3
    squabbling showgirls and everyone held hands and suddenly everything was
    fixed. I’m not expecting Gypsy but when people are competing and the
    material is so lopsided, it doesn’t really seem all that fair.

    Courtney had the singing and the vocal inflection down that made it
    seem like she were really staring in a Broadway musical, she did an
    amazing job and it was a well deserved win.

    Adore did the best with what she had, so I was glad to see her in the
    top. The same with Ben, who besides Courtney seemed to be given the
    best role of the entire musical. I’m warming to Adore, she’s scrappy and
    she’s not the most polished but she so obviously wants to impress Ru
    that I can’t hate on her.

    I think Trinity needed to be in the bottom just to light a spark
    under her ass, because she’s falling into the Alyssa Edwards mindset of
    “I’m not this, I’m not that”, but unlike Alyssa she’s getting incredibly
    defensive about it.

    I didn’t think April was really that bad, she seemed to struggle with
    it, but she didn’t really nail her lines that well, so it makes sense
    she would be in the bottom. It’s kinda sad that she had to go, because
    she seemed to have some interesting outfits.

    As for everyone else? Meh. It’s not that everyone else was bad, but
    they were all part of a duo or trio which kind of prevented anyone from
    really standing out since they were predominately singing and dancing
    together. That’s why I didn’t get Darienne being in the bottom, because
    it seemed like most of the queens got lost in the shuffle. Did she stand
    out less than Gia or Bianca? I thought Milk would end up in the bottom
    instead, just because her vocal performance wasn’t that great.

    I will say that Joslyn is surprising me with being game for whatever
    is being thrown at her and seemingly doing a decent-good job and I’m
    glad she called out Gia for being a bitch on Untucked.

    By now Gia needs to understand that being fishy is not going to win
    Drag Race for you (Just ask Jade Jolie, Vivian Pinay, and Carmen
    Carrera) so going after Milk for seemingly no reason was uncalled for. I
    hope she lands in the bottom sometime so she can a reality check.

    Speaking of Milk, I think she needs to deliver a more traditionally
    pretty look soon just to let the judges know that she’s versatile
    because right now she seems pretty set in being kooky every single
    runway.

    I’m really looking forward to Snatch Game, and it looks like it could
    be interesting from what I was able to see of the celebrities chosen,
    but given that Adore really seems determined to show the Judges her
    skills, I can see her taking Anna Nicole to a crazy and messy level.

    And as for Lasagna my mouth was literally hanging open during the entirety of her entitled little tantrum.

    This was not an Alyssa Edwards situation where she was having the
    first real contact with her parents in a while. She just sat there
    stoned face while her already supportive parents supported her.

    And when the conversation shifted to the general experience of being a
    drag queen, she threw a fit because the moment was supposed to be all
    about her.

    It was one of the most childish things I’ve seen on Drag Race.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      I get why the material is so horrible (no insult to the sweet as a button Lucian Piane) – it’s to test out turd polishing skills. That skill is worth bank if you have it. Which is why Courtney’s performance was amazing – it made a skit on a drag competition show something else. She’s been on Idol – she has a Ph.D at making a pot of gold out of a pot of crap.

      • RussellH88

        Courtney really was amazing. I was watching it with my brother and we were both amazing how “Broadway” she seemed. Everything was like something you’d see on a stage and I’m a sucker for that vocal inflection.

    • Montavilla

      By now Gia needs to understand that being fishy is not going to win Drag Race for you (Just ask Jade Jolie, Vivian Pinay, and Carmen Carrera) so going after Milk for seemingly no reason was uncalled for.

      Remember that Kids in the Hall sketch were Dave Foley says everything in a sarcastic tone of voice, due to speech impediment? I kind of get that from Gia. I think the basis of her question was sincere. She wasn’t getting Milk’s aesthetic and wanted to know more about it. Not that she’d necessarily accept it as drag. But I think she was open to hearing why Milk was making the choices she did.

      However, the tone of her voice makes everything sound shady.

      • Linderella

        I am absolutely LIVING for the moment she gets kicked off and her face registers complete and utter disbelief. “But…I’m fishy!”

    • Jacob Bowen

      I LOVED Alyssa’s attitude though. She knew she would land herself in the bottom but she felt she could lipsynch strong enough to keep herself in the competition. Clearly Trinity can too, and she may just need to realize that.

    • NinjaCate

      Something about LaGanja strikes me as affected. Like I could almost see it in her face as she watched the video for her parents: she was setting up to have her “this is my emotional peak’ moment, and it really felt to me like she was more pissed that Bianca messed up her moment than actually being upset about anything relating to her parents. It just seemed so fake and annoying to me. She literally had a tantrum, and it made me really not like her at all.

      • MK03

        Everything about Laganja is affected.

  • MK03

    LAGANJA. THE WORLD DOES NOT FUCKING REVOLVE AROUND YOU. GIVE IT A FUCKING REST.

    • RussellH88

      I really don’t get it. She’s relatively young and she’s even said her parents were supportive, so I don’t get why she “needed” this. I understand that there may be some distance, but this wasn’t like Chad Michaels hearing from his dad for the first time in 20 years.

      And even she didn’t treat it like it was this big moment. She just kinda sat there. She only really showed emotion when she wasn’t the center of attention.

      • MK03

        Because she has to be the center of attention. All the time.

        • RussellH88

          She even did the same thing in the first Untucked. Someone mentioned mothers and suddenly she has to act like her mother sold her to Gypsies or gave her up to the Germans.

      • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        Laganja is one of those cases in which the audience can’t see what she has to offer because she’s so defensive and keeps overreacting to everything. She has the look and she seem to have some performance chops, but a reality show is not the best platform to showcase her talents.

        Seriously, she’s not made for reality television. She’s not the first (and it’s not a bad thing, it just is) who can’t seem to handle the pressure, but it’s hard not to see the writing on the wall at this point.

    • Chartreusite

      I’m a fan of Laganja off the show but on the show this episode ruined her for me (or more accurately she ruined her image in my eyes). She’s young, inexperienced, and clearly doesn’t understand the politics of the show all that well. She’s desperate for attention and she’s letting it show in the worst way possible; I’m not going to give anything away but next week seems indicative of that as well. She’s always either falsely puffed-up or one step away from a full-blown meltdown and it’s just way too much for me.

    • rickimatsu

      It’s like she thinks she’s the star of the show when she’s just noise in the background.

    • Zaftiguana

      I AM THE BIRD THEY WANT ME TO BEEEEEEEEEE!

      Girl. It’s a drag reality show. You have a craft store topiary on your head every week, and god love you for it, but this is not the time and place to be taking yourself this damn seriously.

  • MK03

    I am so very over Tyra’s–I mean, Trinity’s–attitude. Her attitude in rehearsals and in the workroom was practically daring them to send her home.

    • RussellH88

      It was giving me flashes of Tyra when they were prepping for the “burlesque” performance.

      • Raspberry2012

        I take it a little differently. Tyra acted like she was just going to do what she wanted, that was how she worked, and if the other girls didn’t like it, they could piss off. But Trinity’s attitude seems more from terrible insecurity – I really get the vibe of “If I try this, I’ll screw it up, so I just won’t try it”, so she just freezes up on the spot.

        • NinjaCate

          Definitely. I really get from her that she honestly doesn’t think she can do it, and she’s afraid of looking bad in front of the other queens. That said, this is season what, 6 now? YOU MUST HAVE KNOWN you’ve have to sing and act etc, at some point. It’s like the girls who come without being able to throw a stitch or two. Do you even WATCH the show? Why come unprepared?

          • Eric Stott

            Probably some of them would say “But it’s not on Youtube or on DVD?”

          • Raspberry2012

            Honestly, I blame Ru to an extent. I’d bet many of them saw how Tyra just kind of skated by on just being pretty without much to back it up. Remember that moment when Tyra took a nap while her team worked, and Ru just babied her and let it slide? Ru wouldn’t do that now, but I’ll bet a lot of these young queens still think they could get away with it. “I’m so charming and fishy, they won’t call me out on it.” Maybe it’s not that blatant or calculated, but I’ll bet it’s a little thought in the back of their minds. “I look great, so maybe I’ll be okay this time. Maybe there’s someone else who was just a little worse…”

        • Tomek

          I agree. I also think Tyra was the best choice that season.

    • shanteUstay

      I agree. Sometimes I so dearly wish they would take in backstage behavior into account. Because, I was embarrassed to see a grown up act so effing childish and basically have temper tantrums.
      Bianaca carried her blubbering weight

  • Glam Dixie

    Courtney brought pure Broadway diva to the stage and I felt
    she deserved the win. Adore is the better singer of the two, but she was
    clearly out-performed. Adore reminds me of Tatianna in that she has a low
    budget and fairly limited wardrobe and some pretty busted wigs, but while I
    always loved Tatianna, Adore is just annoying and I don’t even get the
    impression that she is trying very hard.

    Joslyn, my darling I do believe you are indeed the black
    horse. I like you more and more every week.

    Bianca brought it; she is a strong performer and seems game
    to take on whatever you throw her way. She could have easily claimed the part
    of comedy queen but she took pageant queen and brought it. I cannot wait for Ru
    to open the library so Bianca can READ these queens. It is going to be EPIC.

    Laganja is the most exhausting queen. I was ambivalent about
    her until she opened her mouth in Untucked. MEMEME! How dare you take the focus
    off of me?! Get over yourself, Queen.

    I will miss gorgeous April, so sweet and so pretty. Call
    Adam Lambert, darling. Y’all need to hook up.

    Trinity is too defensive by far but she did surprisingly
    well in the Rusical, still I was hoping she was going to go home instead of
    April but she gave a great lip-synch. I do find her man arms a bit distracting
    when she’s in drag.

    Ben De La Crème is another one that gave a really strong
    performance and could have been the winner. I really think she is going to go a long way
    or at least I hope she does. I like her a lot.

    Milk’s makeup was downright ugly this week. The baby bump
    didn’t bother me nearly as much as the horrible dark lip- liner that made it
    look like she had a dirty mouth. I originally thought she might be a front
    runner but now I’m wondering how much farther she can go.

    Darienne faded a bit this week but I still really like her.

    Gia, go away soon. I’m over you although I reluctantly admit
    it will be more boring without her vapid, annoying self there. Still, I’m
    willing to risk it.

    Snatch Game next week with Bianca as Judge Judy! I can’t
    wait.

    • Eric Stott

      Ben De La Creme’s makeup aged her a good 10 years – on the runway she looked like a bad Michelle Visage imitation.

      • Glam Dixie

        Ben looked like Michelle Visage on the very first day when she walked into the work room. It’s just her look, but I don’t think I’d guess her age in drag as more than 35 or so, but her mannerisms and persona also add to that impression.

        • Eric Stott

          It’s also the harsh artificial look- oy those eyebrows! Some people can carry that look off (I’ll date myself by saying Gloria Swanson) but he needs to soften things a bit. Come to think of it, most ALL of the queens this season have a very narrow style range.

  • KingCrazy

    Courtney KILLED it last night. She was great.

    Adore was great as well, as was Ben, but that was a well-deserved win.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    1) Milk’s AIDS ribbon should have been bigger – the idea of it makes me laugh, but the execution was almost too small to notice. 2) Courtney Act elevated the show last night with her performance. 3) Adore let her wig overpower her in the performance. 4) That was one helluva lip sync.

    • Linderella

      1) You read my mind. 2) Oh, yes. 3) Yes, indeed. 4) Oh HELL YES.

      • Eric Stott

        Does anyone really wear the AIDS ribbon these days?

        • Ali B

          Milk should have just worn an AIDS ribbon.

  • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

    Courtney Act: flawless; she’s so fucking beautiful
    Adore Delano: great in the Rusical (loved her hair, but not so much the costume; I didn’t like her runway look at all
    BenDeLaCreme: love love love her; her and Courtney’s part in the Rusical were the best, imo; she looked great on the runway; it seems she can do no wrong
    Bianca Del Rio: the other one that I love love love; her and DeLa are in the final 3, right?
    Milk: I think she was OK in the play – she didn’t
    shine, but she didn’t suck either; idc if I’m alone on this, but I loved her runway look
    Laganja Estranja: she had one of the best runway looks, but I still don’t like her personality
    Trinity K. Bonet: painful to watch out of drag, but surprisingly likeable in drag (see: Tyra Sanchez)
    Gia Gunn: she doesn’t just sound like Phi Phi – she looked like her in the play

  • KingCrazy

    Oh, and as much as I don’t particularly care for Trinity, bitch KILLED it during the lip synch. She gave everything she had.

    • Chartreusite

      As much as people huff at her proclaiming herself to be a dancer and lipsyncer rather than an actor or singer, honestly her skills in that LSFYL deserve massive respect. That requires serious commitment and talent to perform a lipsync with that sort of fierceness and focus. I don’t know if RPDR is a good venue for her talents (since she’ll only get to show them when she’s in serious trouble) but girlfriend does have some chops, however limited they may be.

    • Raspberry2012

      Yes she did! I think she’s kind of a fish out of water (no pun intended), and she’s very young, and probably didn’t bargain on all the criticism. Sure, she’s probably seen the previous seasons, but I bet she didn’t think they’d be saying those things to her. So I can sympathize with her, and I don’t think she’s long for this show. But hot DAMN, did that girl turn it out on the LSFYL! I liked April, but you can’t argue with that performance.

      • Eric Stott

        I think Trinity is probably a decent person, but this competition is pushing all of her wrong buttons. She’s one girl WAY out of her comfort zone.

  • Joe J

    Sheryl Lee was one of my favorite guest judges this show has ever had. She managed to be totally wacky and entertaining but totally on-point in her critiques, and she was clearly trying to help the girls out and not trying to bitch up the place for the sake of a soundbyte. Love her.

    Although frankly I’m surprised it took RPDR this long to have a “Designing Women” cast member as a guest judge.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      YES. Thank you! I wasn’t a fan of the later castings on DW, but she made a memorable entrance (singing “Boogie Down” in showgirl attire) and was a welcome addition. Ms. Lee Ralph works.

      • Ramon Figueroa

        And when she played Scarlett O’Hara in the final episode? Epic. She and Jane Hooks were a riot.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          Agreed times millions!

  • hughman

    Seriously, just put Laganja, Gia and Adore on an iceberg and push it out to sea. Done deal, ok let’s continue the show now.

    • RussellH88

      I agree if we kept Adore.

      Adore is kind of annoying, but she’s scrappy and I appreciate it because she seems to be trying.

      But Lasagna and Gia and go far, far away.

      • Raspberry2012

        I agree with Russell. I like Adore, despite how clunky and tacky her drag seems to be. She has talent, she just needs to be polished up a lot more – plus, she seems to really want to be there, despite the fact that she needs to listen to the judges. Lasagna and Gia are just straight up annoying without bringing anything else to the table.

        • Chartreusite

          Adore has serious performing potential and she’s got the personality for a drag superstar, she just needs to polish it up a bit and hopefully this competition will kinda light the fire under her butt.

        • RussellH88

          Yeah, she didn’t come into the competition with “I’m the shit and I’m better than all of these girls”, she came in knowing she wasn’t polished but she has a drive to prove herself which I find much more tolerable than Gia thinking everyone needs to be fishy or Lasgna spouting nothing but “ME ME ME! WERK GURL! YES GAWD MAWMA!”

          • Raspberry2012

            Can I just tell you what you just hit upon for me? One of the most hilarious moments of the season so far – Mike Ruiz imitating Lasagna at the judging panel on the first episode! MAWMAAAA! I was cryin’! I mean, that’s the only reason I’m glad she’s been on this season is because we got THAT imitation out of Mike Ruiz!

          • RussellH88

            She’s like Alyssa Edwards without the total lack of self-awareness. Where Alyssa was essentially the Drag Race Court Jester, Lasgna is nothing but artifice. It’s almost like she’s a drag queen parody.

          • Raspberry2012

            Right – Alyssa was nothing but charm with her cluelessness. Lasagna is just annoying. Know what I liken her to? Okay, I’ll cop to my age – I’m 50. And she reminds me of a woman my age who learned some current slang or lingo and is trying to look cool by just randomly spouting it! It doesn’t fit in with what she’s actually saying, but she knows it so she’s going to just babble it. Does that make any sense?

          • RussellH88

            Yeah, I understand what you mean.

            It makes me wonder if it’s all an affectation because she desperately wants to fit in. Like, she’s going to pose as a drag queen in order to fit in with other drag queens, so she’s established this artifice where she just spouts what she hears.

            I know she said she was an outcast in school, so maybe she’s trying too desperate to become a part of the one community that seems willing to accept her.

          • Raspberry2012

            I think she needs to relax and be herself, because her drag is really great. I think maybe she feels she has a lot to live up to, having Alyssa Edwards and Shangela, two very popular queens, as her drag mother and sister. So I get it, but if she just calmed down and just acted normal, she’d probably be surprised at how well received she’d be.

          • RussellH88

            Plus, Rupaul likes some level of realness in his queens. It can’t be just schtick all the time. You need that emotion in your back pocket so you can bring it up during your Tic-Tac lunch.

          • Aerialgreen

            Laganja getting so far as to have the Tic-Tac lunch would mean that:
            1) a meteror disaster took out all the contestants but her and two more.
            2) I will be the first human being to break the sound barrier from fast forwarding a video.

          • Jacob Bowen

            At least Alyssa and Shangela seem like Justin and DJ in drag. “Alyssa’s Secret” is one of my FAVORITE things to hit the internet in the past year and it’s so charming because she is SO genuine, even as clueless and ridiculous as she is. She clearly knows how to “turn it on” when she needs to, but there is so much Justin there that it sells itself.

          • NinjaCate

            This is exactly the vibe I get from her. I think TLo mentioned something about her always being “on” and I completely agree. She always seems to be doing what she things drag queens are supposed to be doing, rather than just being herself as a drag queen.

          • bxbourgie

            Yes! So much this! It’s like she read The Dummies Guide to Drag Language and just started spouting out a bunch of words and phrases she picked up in the end notes of each chapter.

          • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

            I’d still take that over Adore’s repeated “Party.” I am so over that phrase.

          • Raspberry2012

            Exactly! It’s like she has a mental crib sheet of drag phrases running through her head, and that’s all she can respond with, whether it fits the situation or not.

          • Linderella

            I once said “Totes.” Once. You’ve gotta know when you’re too old to get away with it, and I knew it the second I heard it come out of my mouth.
            (P.S. I’m turning 53 six weeks from today.)

          • Aerialgreen

            Yes, not unlike Serena Chacha… even in her initial response to her parents “I’ve been waiting for this” IMO felt so planned, so empty…

    • Joe J

      A good idea, but won’t their breast plates double as flotation devices?

      • Glam Dixie

        Said in my best Mitch Hedberg voice, “Saved by the buoyancy of latex.”

    • Glam Dixie

      I’ll push!

    • JR Labrador

      Only if they’re draped in gowns made of chum first.

    • Zaftiguana

      I don’t know why I don’t mind Gia nearly as much as LaGanja. It might be because Gia’s ignorance and bullshit at least strike me as entirely authentic (Though it was a little rich that she wanted to harsh on anyone else’s look while she had the McDonald’s arches drawn across the top of her pecs in brown eyeshadow, I’M JUST SAYING.)

      • Eric Stott

        At least Gia manages to look put together on the runway.

  • Arjay Gallo

    the thing about milk that i just HAVE to point out is that, i swear to god

    she only has 2 pairs of shoes. both are black patent leather platforms, one pair of booties, one pair of slingbacks. i cant pull myself away from them.

    • bxbourgie

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. I’m waiting for Michelle to read like she did Latrice’s boots. The same two pairs of shoes and I can’t believe no one read her for those spandex thigh highs and panties or whatever that was she sported with her Pinocchio look, they were the same as her entrance. Really queen?

      • Arjay Gallo

        if she wears those same shoes again next week im going to throw a fit

        well no, i dont think i will. I would if she was more interesting but outside of her looks she has virtually no persona or character, she’s the club kid/weird one in image but the “fishy and nothing else” one in personality. Milk is like invisibly drag.

        • bxbourgie

          I remember when the intro pics came out of all the queens out of drag and everyone was so in love with Milk cause he’s “SOOO cute”… but there’s no personality! And while I respect all forms of drag, Milk needs some serious heating up because right now that Milk is like that carton in the back of the refrigerator. Almost spoiled. I think since there are so many other queens Ru is focusing on coupled with getting some of the cannon fodder cast on the show to lengthen the season out of the way, Milk’s time is just about up.

          • Raspberry2012

            This exactly. Being a cute boy outta drag isn’t going to win it for you.

          • Arjay Gallo

            Same here. I was low-key stanning hard for Milk until I saw her on the show. Now it seems like she’s using her club kid look as her whole persona: first week its a gap and a beard, then a nose, and now a baby bump.

            Milk, oddly enough, is the most apt name for such a boring queen. She needs a shot of Kahlua quick.

          • Eric Stott

            I liked her until this week’s UNTUCKED where she says she’s not going to just go out on stage wearing a pretty dress. Honey- there’s being true to yourself, and there’s just being stubborn & stupid. She might just score big on the Snatch Game, but if she doesn’t bring some glam to the runway she’s going to get poured down the drain.

  • Eva_baby

    I read Trinity a little differently. I think, yes, she was defensive, but I do not see any bitchiness or malice in her. Rather, I think she was — for a second week in a row — confronted with a performance challenge where she could not use her particular strengths, but real singing and acting talent that she simply does not have. I saw her as being insecure and attempting to articulate her frustration. But since she is on a reality show and around more polished performers who understand that there is a power dynamic to be had, she is not particularly effective getting her point across. Credit where it is due, though, she pulled through when it came time to give the performance. And her Lip Sync was fantastic.

    Frankly, I like her more than I do Adore for whom this challenge seems to have been tailor made and seems to be given a very ‘plucky’ edit. Feh.

    GIa didn’t annoy me as much.

    And yes, Ben shoulda won.

    • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

      I agree about Trinity. Especially when you consider the fact that Bianca is just nonstop coming after her which would cause anybody to snap after a while. She had some bitchy moments but I don’t think they came from her having a bad attitude in general, she’s just not handling the pressure all that well (and she’s so young that that’s not surprising). I don’t think she will or should go all the way but I don’t like how hard everybody is on her.

      • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

        (Especially when Bianca gets a free pass for being completely nasty to everybody all the time. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills because everybody loves Bianca and I can’t stand her)

        • Eva_baby

          Yes. I actually like Bianca a lot. But I do not give her a pass on her attitude. I think her quick wit shields a sometimes rather mean-spirited attitude. You don’t have to be friends with the other queens, true. But you don’t have to go out of your way to be cutting either.

          • istar73

            I do not agree that Bianca is completely nasty to everyone. So far, I do not see Bianca going at Courtney, Ben, Joslyn, Darrian and Milk. I think the reason for this is that these queens are confident in what they do and are not annoying attention vortexes. I really enjoy Bianca reading those bad attitude, loudmouth, insecure and delusional queens.

          • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

            I don’t know if the idea that Bianca, an older and more experienced queen, chooses to only go after the younger, more insecure queens is a great defense. I know they’re all in the same competition but it just seems mean-spirited to continually pick on people who have confidence problems or who are struggling. People keep claiming that it’s tough love or trying to be constructive, but it’s pretty clear that if that was her intention it’s not working, so why keep harping on Trinity in a way that is not productive? Her sense of humor is not my cup of tea, and that’s fine, but she is definitely polished and does what she does well. The thing that tips me over from just not being a particular fan of her into straight up not liking her is that I think she’s mean, and I don’t like mean people.

          • Eric Stott

            To me Bianca is just as concerned with being remembered as with winning. Any friendships are a minor consideration.

  • Chartreusite

    This episode made me really believe in Courtney as a contender. I kind of understood why she was hyped, but this is the first episode that I truly believed the hype. Probably one of THE best performing challenge performances in Drag Race herstory, the challenge win was more than well-deserved. Funny enough, when I was watching last night I was sure they were gearing up for an Adore redemption win (who was a pretty definitive second to Courtney, but still wonderful), and I lamented that Courtney was miles ahead of everyone else and probably deserved the win. Sign me up for her team, cause girlfriend’s got serious game.

    At this point, I’d say the major contenders are Courtney and Bianca with Darienne, Ben, and Adore following right behind. Darienne’s got serious experience and polish but she doesn’t serve impact with her look and the judges aren’t responding to her well enough to make me think she makes final 3. Ben’s got serious chops but I agree about her drag persona; it’s kind of exhausting and honestly lacks the charisma to really sell it for me. Adore, on the other hand, is all personality and character and I believe it all but she definitely lacks the polish and experience to make a strong go for the title, especially when the fandom is lashing out quite a bit against her these past couple of weeks. Beyond that, I don’t really see any strong competitors in the game; Laganja’s got the story and the drama but she’s way too much of a mess to have a shot, Gia’s probably gone next week, Trinity (however fierce she may be, ESPECIALLY in that lipsync holy crap) is wielding her inexperience as a shield from critique and the judges aren’t having that, and Joslyn simply doesn’t serve impact on the runway and I see sort of the same problem with April; neither of them really have a fierceness or sharpness in their drag personas that makes them really grab my attention.

    As for Milk, as much as I love her, I kind of understand Gia’s point of view in regards to her. The past three were all lowkey weirdness without a definitive character behind them, and as much as Milk heralds versatility, they all had a similar tone to them. She can be quirky and still serve up fierce-Milk, I’ve seen it in her audition video, but she keeps going for the “huh?” impact and I think her times running out to prove herself to the judges.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I almost believe Ru designed this specific challenge to play to both Adore and Courtney’s strenght the same way he made a stand-up comedy challenge to Shangela in season 3 or the singing challenge of last season to both Ivy and Jinkx (and maybe to Detox, who failed to deliver).

      • Chartreusite

        I would not put it past her, but in Courtney’s defense the only challenge she’s really failed at was the sewing challenge; she did alright by most accounts in the acting challenge. I definitely do think this came at the right time for Adore’s redemption arc, however.

  • VioletFem

    “I’m not here to make friends” reality show contestants who utter those words never win the competition. Not surprisingly, Bianca was the first to say that line. Although, she is extremely talented and she hasn’t had any major blunders yet, so we’ll see.

    • RussellH88

      I think she shifted towards that because (according to her) the younger queens seem to be more about sisterhood whereas she wants to keep her eyes on the prize.

      A lot of her insults strike me as tough love. It may be wrapped in a barb, but there’s something in there you can actually take from it which is a lot better than being downright nasty.

      • Chartreusite

        Bianca is the rare reality show villain, and even rarer drag race villain (and I assume she’s headed that route) who always seems coherent and reasonable in her takedowns. Yes, she’s a bitch, but is she ever really that inaccurate with her reads? Yeah she’s harsh, but like with Laganja last night she’s proven she can course correct if she can tell that she might’ve come off a little too nasty, and I think that sort of awareness is serving her well.

        • RussellH88

          It’s like when Trinity was saying how she’s homesick and whatnot and Bianca just shut her down. It wasn’t making fun of her or taunting her, it was more of a reality check of “You knew what you were getting into, set your eyes on the prize”.

          Or in the Scream Queens episode where they were complaining about “We have really colorful personalities, but we’re not actors!”

          It’s funny and maybe a bit harsh, but it never seems mean-spirited especially since her biggest problem with Trinity seems to be that she says she wants to learn but is defensive when critiqued. I can’t imagine having that issue with someone if you want to see them crash and burn.

          • Chartreusite

            Agreed. It never feels like it’s coming from insecurity with Bianca, but merely giving people a dressing-down so they can reevaluate. I wouldn’t say she’s entirely benevolent, just that she’s rarely an asshole without reason.

          • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

            Although that part did strike me as a little unnecessarily harsh. Did it need to be said? Probably, but maybe not quite that bluntly. At the end of the day, Bianca is nearly 20 years older than Trinity. It’s a lot different being away from your friends and family when you’re a teenager (or early 20s, I forget) than when you’re pushing 40. That being said, though, I’m still a huge Bianca fan. If Trinity does Beyonce next week for the Snatch Game, I may slap her through the tv.

          • cassandu

            i believe trinity is doing nicki minaj. not exactly groundbreaking, but i suspect ru or someone else pushed her away from BEYONCE (*said in tammie brown season one voice*).

          • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

            Thank gawd.

          • MK03

            Her crack in the Gold Bar wasn’t anything that wouldn’t have been said by any other queen on any other season. It was a damn joke and Laganja overracted pretty ridiculously.

          • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

            Agreed. Laganja was completely ridiculous there.

          • istar73

            After Bianca apologised and explained why she cracked that joke to lightened the mood, Laganja just wouldn’t have it and continued on her rant about spreading her wings.. I just want to reach into the TV, pluck off the bird wings from her head and stuff them in her mouth. What we saw in Untucked is an edited version of what happened. For all we know they were already going on for 15 minutes. I saw it for less than a minute and I already could not stand it. Its not like Laganja is the only gay or drag queen with parent issues! I think that is her problem. She thinks she is unique and the Victim of the World…

        • JimMcC

          Is Bianca THAT much of a bitch? I don’t really see her as a villain. She was helping Trinity when girl snapped. And her joke to Laganja really could have just deflated the tension in the room because she really did start off enormously supportive. “Your parents are lovely, and you’re wonderful, but you’re not gonna win.” It was SO obviously a joke but also well intended.

          I just don’t see Bianca as a villain at all. She can be mean (and very right and hilariously funny), but she cuts through it with a very real humanity that shows up off the stage. And while Gia is a straight up nasty wench, Bianca always undercuts the mean with a wink.

          I mean, basically all I’m saying is that Bianca is my choice for the win already. I like DeLa a ton; Courtney and Darienne have enormous appeal, and Joslyn and Adore keep growing on me. But no one else seems to have touched Bianca’s charisma or personality yet.

          • Chartreusite

            I’m not saying I personally see her as a villain, just that she’s getting the villain edit. The editing really played up how that comment was rude to Laganja with the music and scoring, and it seems like they’re really emphasizing how badly she comes across to some of the queens. Bianca’s my pick for the win too, but I definitely think with Gia gone (which should be coming up fairly shortly), she’s going to step up as the person that’s “mean” and just “really rude”.

          • OmegaBlush

            I really don’t see Bianca as the villain at all either. She’s just a blunt mother hen. I realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but some people here are making it out like Bianca’s an unrepentant bitch or that she’s constantly hurling out uncalled for insults. That really isn’t the case. I sort of liken it to the people who didn’t like/get Willam’s comedy and tried to convince everyone that she really was an airhead bitch. As we’ve learned through her other work, that really isn’t the case.

            This season may not have a very good villain simply because Gia is too dumb and Bianca is too smart.

          • Enferdame

            That’s my favorite thing about Bianca, is that she’s the first one to laugh when somebody says something shady about her, if it’s funny. I follow her on Twitter, and she was laughing about Joslyn’s crack at her all day, since she hadn’t heard it before the episode aired. Now, I know the queens tend to play nicey-nice on Twitter, but I tend to believe her on that one.

        • Robert Johnston

          That’s why I give Bianca a “pass”. Her comments, regardless of how mean or insensitive, are always SPOT-ON precision crotch strikes. Saying Laganja isn’t going to win…well, it’s true. Bianca actually sort-of apologized for that one when Laganja broke down, which was considerate,even though it was obvious she didn’t mean it.

      • VioletFem

        Frankly, I agree with her. I mean I like the congenial contestants as well, but they are all still in a competition. Everyone there is playing to win, so it is a bit disingenuous to claim otherwise. At this early in the game, though, it doesn’t hurt to be somewhat likeable to your fellow contestants because they still have to occasionally team up for some of the challenges.

      • Eric Stott

        A lot of the “Sisterhood” on this show is just temporary- a hug can be the prelude to a backstabbing.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Bianca always rubs me the wrong way, but she’s still the one to beat and I had to love her in the beginning of the episode for using that “Gia’s grown on me… like a rash” line. I can’t wait to use that line, even if it won’t translate well to Spanish.

  • Chauncey Lacey

    I love Gia! I mean who wants a “We Are the World” Drag queen? I don’t think she is merely fishy she gives glamour, big hair, costumes not walking out in mall clothes each week

    • istar73

      I agree with you. Who wants to see a docile, nice, girl-look-alike on a show called RuPaul’s Drag Race? Give me Bianca and Gia and even Courtney anytime!

    • OmegaBlush

      Yeah, but there’s entertaining, smart, witty bitchiness. And then there’s G-G-G-Gia! I don’t actually hate her or anything. I find her kind of boring. After seeing the pictures from her youth, I wish she would include some of that influence in her drag. She’s pretty boring.

  • bejopu

    So disappointed with Milk this week. Her runway look was embarrassingly incoherent (almost like she was thrown by a theme that didn’t leave much room for outlandishness) and, for someone who wore a crazy red Pinocchio nose on the runway last week, she isn’t showing much of a sense of humour or personality. Hoping she can turn it out for the Snatch Game!

    • Geoff Dankert

      I agree. And as previously mentioned elsewhere on the board, her singing was TERRIBLE. Easily in a race to the bottom with April and Trinity. I was really hoping there was more to that one than generic “wow, aren’t I different and strange?” … but I don’t think she realizes how close she is to going home. A shame, because she’s easily the best looking “boy” of the group.

      • sweetlilvoice

        Indeed, Milk is a very cute boy….and I normally don’t like redhead guys with the exception of Rupert Grint and Prince Harry. Step up your game Milk!

      • MK03

        Milk out of drag hits all my buttons: Tall, lanky, GINGER, that jaw…unf. It’s a goddamn shame we play for opposite teams.

      • Eric Stott

        Oh YES that was some AWFUL singing. Even Gia came off better (and that’s saying a lot)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    Things Gia didn’t know this week:
    -Tony awards
    -beans = farts

    What will she not know next week?

    • RussellH88

      If we’re lucky, how to breathe.

    • JR Labrador

      How to shut her mouth.

      • MK03

        She already doesn’t know how to do that.

        • JR Labrador

          Indeed. Loved that she didn’t know what the Tonys were but went after Milk for not being appropriate for them anyway.

          • MK03

            WORD. Cracky as Milk’s outfit was, you’re way more likely to see somthing like that at the Tonys than the drag-pageant look Gia was sporting.

    • Linderella

      I’m waiting for her to say, “What’s Snatch Game?”

      • Raspberry2012

        I’m guessing you’ll only have to wait another six days at the most!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          How about
          -What’s snatch?
          -Why snatch?
          -What’s Match Game?
          -Charles Nelson who?

          • Linderella

            If she says “Charles Nelson who?” I will hunt her down and slap a bitch.
            Cannot stand those young, entitled queens who do not know their history.
            EDITED TO ADD: Oh, fuck, I sound old. :(

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            “There were gay people on TV in the 1970s? Before RuPaul?”

          • Linderella

            “What’s the 1970s?”

          • Raspberry2012

            No you don’t, you don’t sound old – it has nothing to do with being young or old. It has to do with knowing pop-culture, which is in TV, movies and music and always will be. There’s no excuse for it. When I was 11 years old in 1975, my mom used to let me stay up in the summer, when there was no school, and watch all the old reruns of “The Honeymooners” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” This is why we have TV Land, VH1 Classics, The Gameshow Network, and channels like that. It’s all still out there, they don’t have to have this utterly narrow view of “If it’s not within the time that I was born, there’s NO WAY I could POSSIBLY know that!”

          • somebody blonde

            Um, I hate to admit this, but I am one of those people who just had to google Charles Nelson to know who he was. In my defense, I did know what Match Game was, but it aired before I was born and I’ve never had cable for reruns.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            Charles Nelson Reilly was a mighty man, the kind of man you’d never disrespect!

          • Linderella

            You admitted you didn’t know something, and then you actually researched it and learned something. Good on you!
            There’s the difference between you and Gia Gunt right there. She’d have just sneered.

          • Montavilla

            In Gia’s defense, they don’t have internet access in the werk room.

          • Linderella

            Then Girlfriend should have done her research before she arrived. She’s in The Olympics of Drag, right? ;)
            (Though, point taken. I’ll find any excuse to slam the bitch.)

          • Raspberry2012

            Yes , exactly. Despite my “there’s no excuse to not know it” rant above, you actually took the initiative to find out who it was. You didn’t just dismiss it as being unworthy.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      I’m expecting, “What’s a homosexual?” in the future.

      • Linderella

        I’m plotzing.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      It would be hilarious that, around week 7, she came to realize what something said on the first week is.

      • MK03

        I would be a little disappointed if the editors didn’t utilize a real-life brick joke.

    • MK03

      “What’s a drag race?”

    • Eric Stott

      With the Tony awards thing…is it possible she’s faking some of the ignorant act?

  • DinnerIsServed1972

    Courtney Act should play Betty in the Broadway version of “Mulholland Drive.”

  • rickimatsu

    This season is such a dud. Apart from Ben and Bianca, it’s as if they all think this is season 1. Good god did, did Rupaul just want a season of queens she could spend the time and energy to perfect and rise? I’m waiting for something interesting to happen. Also, if this is the “shade” season, these queens need to get thicker skins and for every three queens, one has a personality.

  • Linderella

    As imperfect as she was, I was all about April. So sad to see her go. But the second she appeared on the runway, my first words were, “Loretta Lynn,” and I knew she was gone.
    Milk needs to seriously step it up. Her Grizabella look worked for the musical (especially since she was, y’know, playing Grizabella), but that runway was complete WTF-ery. If Bianca can learn that everyone in the room does NOT need her opinion at all times, she could take the crown.

    • Raspberry2012

      I got a total Grizabella look from her too!

    • MK03

      I screamed a little when I realized what she was doing. I’m a huge CATS nerd #sorrynotsorry

    • jtabz

      Yes! I actually thought her Grizabella performance was pretty damn clever.

      Semi-related, my friend and I have a bet of sorts that Milk is going to wear a prosthetic of some sort every week. Beard … nose … belly …

  • Nita

    I actually give Gia a lot of credit this week. She was able to break out of character and really go for the Comedy Queen role. She read Milk (which all the other girls seemed to WANT to do but were reluctant to do). She also stuck up for Bianca during Langangia’s melt down.

    She is a little dunce but I think people are underestimating her understanding of the game and how to succeed within it.

    • Chartreusite

      I’m not a huge fan of her but agreed, she definitely impresses more than most people would like to admit, I think. Maybe what keeps me from hating her is the knowledge that she’s not a serious contender regardless so we can enjoy her presence without having to worry about her being there for the long haul.

    • Raspberry2012

      I was impressed with her Kabuki background, and with her sticking up for Bianca. I disagree with TLo, I don’t think Bianca’s joke was out of line at that moment. I think Laganja was being so somber and so serious after having seen her parents that Bianca was trying to lighten the mood. Unfortunately, since Laganja was in “ME ME ME!!” mode, a moment intended to lighten came across as a read. I begrudgingly give props to Gia for trying to reason with Laganja.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        There was also a lot of funky editing during that bit in Untucked. No way were they all laughing like hyenas as portrayed by the episode. Plus, moments like that video usually spawn a question like Bianca asked: what is the relationship the other queens have with parents. I thought it was a naturally flowing question, followed by insane editing of laughter, then Laganja’s outburst. I thought it just made Laganja look especially bad that way.

        • RussellH88

          Yeah, a lot of the time there’s some sort of discussion that comes from the Box Contents, and since Lasagna didn’t seem to have a particularly strong reaction to it, it just sort of flowed into a more open topic of parental relationships.

          • Montavilla

            I saw that moment as Laganja acting like a seven-year-old child. You know how kids will sometimes pull a really sad face because they want the adults to ask them what’s wrong? And then they can whine, without getting scolded for being whiny?

            But, since it didn’t play out the way Laganja wanted, she reacted like a child would. By throwing a tantrum.

          • RussellH88

            That’s what she did in the first Untucked, so many she was hoping the same would happen?

          • istar73

            During the first Untucked, Gia was the one who was telling the room about her problems with her mum and Laganja stole the attention with her on cue weeping. Gia should have reacted like how Laganja did and told her “I started the topic! It should be about ME ME ME!” Instead, Gia just let her take the attention, without much drama. Salute to Gia for that!

          • Nita

            I think it read as a tantrum, but there have been a few Untuck moments where Laganja showed genuine concern for others feelings and for the girls not to show her the same concern might have stung.

        • Raspberry2012

          Right, they did that last season when they made it look like all the queens were laughing at Coco during the “Can I get an Amen” Untucked, and you could tell it was edited all weird.

      • MilaXX

        I still don’t get Laganja’s problem. They watched the call, asked abut her and her parents and then moved onto their own personal stories. It wasn’t like she and her parents had been estranged so what did she want them to do? Girlfriend needs to get a grip.

        • Jacob Bowen

          She needed Latrice to step in with her 5 G’s.

          • MK03

            Jesus is a biscuit, Laganja. Let Him sop you up.

      • Jacob Bowen

        I laughed when her parents were calling her “Laganja”. It seemed so unnatural for them to be saying it. If my parents were calling me my drag name I would tell them to stop.

      • oh_dear_oh_dear

        The Kabuki stuff was fascinating. THe different places Courtney, Adore and Gia came from and how drag and generally feminine performance was seen — I could’ve listened to a much more in depth version of that conversation.

    • Eric Stott

      I think she’s one of those girls who can be steered into a good performance without understanding what she’s doing. Both of her comedy performances were cute, and in both cases she was really clueless.

  • Dandesun

    Milk seemed to be channeling Grizabella during the musical which I got a kick out of. Her voice wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible, either. I actually didn’t hate anyone in the musical although Courtney took it to town. She hit every note right. I also thought that Dela did great, too. Her Shady Lady was fab. And I do love me a lady that can rock the leopard print.

    Milk’s runway… I laughed because, to me, it really did harken to some crazy ass Broadway star who just wears what she wants on her feet with a black sparkly dress and, yes, the AIDS ribbon. All that being said, I severely disliked her makeup. The lips looked messy. She has exhibited more polish in her looks and I do hope to see it.

    Joslyn I just like more and more. That little ball of glitter strikes me as being very adaptable as well as open minded. Gia already went down her list of Queens She Don’t Like (which read to me as Anyone Not Me) and Milk is never going to get the Gia stamp of approval for whatever that’s worth. But Joslyn stepped up and I love her for that.

    From the start, I didn’t expect Milk to go all the way because her style is so very out there but I’m enjoying her while she’s there.

    • Linderella

      Joslyn’s really moving up the “Love Her” ladder for me at a quick pace. If she can step up the runway look (like, about 1000%), she could go far. She’s really a give-it-her-all performer, and so much funnier than I thought she was going to be. “Gasp!” is my favorite moment of the entire season so far.

      • Raspberry2012

        I’m with you, I love love LOVE that goofy little kitten! Every week there’s more to love about Joslyn!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        I loved Joslyn’s butch queen character in the rehearsal. I wonder why she did not act that way in the actual Rusical. April made a point of asking not to be that character, so it must have been in the script for real.

        • Linderella

          Well, maybe she saw what happened when April was “too butch” last time. Not that Joslyn could ever really pull off “too butch.”

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            Ru had to know the script, and would have made a comment about the lack of character, but Joslyn did not act upset at all in the lounge, so I am guessing Ru allowed the character to be dropped. I dunno.

            This season it seems like there is quite the emphasis on pointing out the faults of the queens, almost like every contestant is assured of being told about one every episode. I am not really liking the negative aspect of the judging so far.

      • AnotherG

        Joslyn actually did well this week too, I think. I watched her more than the other 2 in that second half. I hope to see more surprises from her. She’s a queen like Dita Ritz that I would absolutely pay money to see perform live, even if I don’t think she’s exhibiting top-3 material. But I would watch the hell out of, and probably enjoy, a show with her.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      Leopard print pannis on Dela was not working for me, though.

      • RussellH88

        I prefer “Gunt”

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          I’ve had a fondness for the word “pannis” since watching “Big Bad Mama” with Angie Dickinson where a not quite young, not quite old Bill Shatner was making southern accented love to her from behind. He looked like the god Pan – slightly bloated, sweaty and hairy. And I saw his short and curly pannis curtain.

          • Dandesun

            ::makes note to never, ever watch that movie::

          • Raspberry2012

            ::makes note to rent that movie as soon as possible!::

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

            It’s a Roger Corman film. Shocked?

          • Raspberry2012

            Not even!

    • Montavilla

      The AIDS ribbon was a great touch.

  • VioletFem

    I don’t understand why Trinity keeps using her inexperience as an excuse for her performances (which honestly are always surprisingly better than the rehearsal footage would lead you to believe). All it those is draw attention to her weak spot. Also, she seemed surprised that she would be asked to sing and act for RuPaul’s Drag Race. This should not be a surprise at this point.
    Courtney Act- finally showed that she is a true contender this week and more than a very pretty face. She totally deserved the win.
    Ben de la Creme was delightful this week and completely embodied her character. I would have been just as happy to see her win.
    Bianca del Rio – very talented and hasn’t made one misstep in any of her performances so far.
    Milk – has interesting concepts for weirdness but always fails a little bit in the execution. Her performance in the musical was ok, but overshadowed by Ben, Bianca, and Courtney.
    Joslyn – is really starting to grow on me. She’s wittier than I expected
    Gia – can be very bitchy, but isn’t particularly witty or smart (did she really ask what’s a Tony?!). Still, she was one of the better performers in the musical, so she’ll probably stick around for a little while longer.

    • RussellH88

      Especially since she CHOSE to try out for that season.

      If she thought she needed more time, then give yourself another year before trying again.

      • Raspberry2012

        Exactly.

    • AnotherG

      Sheryl Lee Ralph to Trinity: “Put a cork in it!” Gurl, truer words, and then she turned it around into an actual tip, and not merely saying what we were all thinking. New favorite judge. She and Kristen Johnston should be asked to return ASAP.

      • MK03

        I agree, but only on the condition that Michelle and Santino get the boot.

      • jtabz

        Yes! Kristen Johnston was one of the best judges they’ve had on the show, like, ever.

        • Zaftiguana

          Word, she was right up there with Kathy Najimy.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Bianca needs to tone down the eye make up! Maybe Darienne, who I find to be absolutely beautiful, could give her some tips. As much as Bianca wants to “help” Trinity out with pointers, her eye makeup wasn’t that much better.

    Milk needs to stop trying to make Milk happen. It’s just so lazy, uninspired, and boring. Also, my husband (who didn’t have his glasses on) squinted at the screen and thought the lipliner was supposed to be a goatee and demanded to know “Why does she keep thinking facial hair is acceptable?!”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Bianca has such huge eyes out of makeup. Then the makeup that does get applied seems to weigh down on those eyes like a couple of anvils.

      • Raspberry2012

        One of the fans on Reddit met Bianca last night, and she told him she wears FIVE pairs of lashes!

        • ScarlettHarlot

          WHAAAT? That’s crazy!

          • Enferdame

            I’d bet she’s got three pairs of lashes on the top and two on the bottom. Most drag queens do at least two pairs on the top, and one on the bottom. But knowing how massive those lashes are, those are not light.

          • ScarlettHarlot

            I just feel like her eyes already stand out so much out of drag, that she does’t need THAT many lashes to accentuate them in drag!

  • http://www.ueberdesuper.net/ Ueber de Super

    How can Courtney top this challenge? Just like Alyssa last season, this one challenge highlighted her strengths, but I imagine there is a danger it all goes downhill from there. I don’t see a lot of drag persona in her, she just looks like a polished very superficial and nice blonde biological woman. I doubt she can vary her looks very much, and she does not seem very creative. Will she bore us to death or show us some more depth? Let’s see. BTW I’ve had it with Laganja. Just get lost.

  • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

    Did anybody else think Milk’s look was eerily reminiscent of Robin Mansions (the dad Sharon Needles had to drag up in the DILFs episode)?

    • Raspberry2012

      Yup, first thing I thought of.

  • hellkell

    Has a queen from PR been bounced this fast?

    I’m really not seeing where Darienne is such a fabulous makeup artist.

    • Montavilla

      Is this count as the third or fourth challenge? Madame LaQueer went home in the fourth challenge of Season Four.

      • hellkell

        I forgot all about LaQueer! One day a PR queen will win this thing, and she will be STUNNING.

    • RussellH88

      Well, Nicole Page Brooks went home 2nd and according her she was a “Quarter Porter”

    • MilaXX

      Her’s is the most realistically female look.

  • sweetlilvoice

    After seeing the episode, I am on Team Courtney. I think that Adore’s performance wasn’t at good and that wig really got in her face. She is also a pain and doesn’t want to learn. Trinity turned out a surprisingly good lip sync but I hope she is gone soon. And as much as I want to like Milk, I can’t. Her outfit and makeup were even scarier in the still photos. I did rather like Gia being so mean….loved how she shut the queen with the nest thing on her head down. Bianca is the one to beat.

    • RussellH88

      I like Courtney before, but her “You can find a nice man looking just like that” to Darienne in the Scream Queens Untucked seemed so sweet and sincere that it made me really lover her.

    • anyalama

      I have a strong bias against over-belting, melismatic singing (with a questionable awareness of pitch center) so I was actually sneering through Adore’s performance. She’s talented but that style, its just so… done. It seems most people just think if you belt, you’re good. I don’t get it.

      Courtney was perfection.

      • Boobs Radley

        Thank you for this. So many “singers” these days have no concept of how to build a song — they just belt all the way through because “Louder is better!” They need to listen to jazz and classic American songbook performers to show them the power and the skill it takes to phrase well and sound good at different levels. A well-sung whisper can be harder to perform and more powerful for the audience than a sustained belt.

        Personal pet peeve: When belters breathe in the middle of a phrase or (agh!) the middle of a word. It’s one thing if it’s a stylistic choice but in most cases it’s just because they’ve run out of breath.

        • Mary Stone

          Pink’s butchery of “Over the Rainbow” at the Oscars comes to mind: Some-WHERE………{wait for it}…….O-ver the RAi-in-BOW”

          Gag. NOT in a good way. Learn to phrase, hiccuping in the middle of a word just KILLS…everything. Disclosure: I’m not a singer, but 44 years of woodwind (flute and fife) have given me some inkling of breath control.

  • rage_on_the_page

    One big difference between Tyra and Trinity: Trinity actually takes direction and can admit when she’s an amateur. Yeah, she’s defensive, but she takes notes and clearly tries really hard. And that lip sync was EVERYTHING.

    • AnotherG

      Trinity is like Tyra, minus some polish, plus more self-awareness. And additional references.

    • somebody blonde

      I think the main difference between Tyra and Trinity for me is exactly where the defensiveness comes from. Tyra was defensive because she thought she was perfect and never did anything wrong. Trinity is defensive because she’s insecure and she’s really not sure how to deal with that yet. It CLEARLY threw her from the get-go that she was picked last. That never would’ve thrown Tyra.

  • Montavilla

    Can we talk about the runway theme? I thought just about everyone missed the mark. Most of the outfits would have worked for an Oscar runway, but they didn’t say Tony to me. I actually thought Darienne was closest, with the darker colors. Adore was okay, too. And I would say Milk, but the shoes ruin it. (I’d expect a pregnant Broadway actress to just say “F*ck it” and wear crocs.)

    Courtney was attending some daytime event. Bianca was in a musical about the Tonys. Laganja would have been okay without the feathers. Gia would have been perfect had she been wearing a darker color. Ben needed to replace the shoulder thingie with a different, smaller shoulder thingie. Joslyn was attending the Country Music awards. Trinity was the one girl in Dreamgirls who didn’t get nominated. And April, as you say, was at the Latin Country Music awards.

    • Dandesun

      Joslyn was going to prom in 1989 to me.

      You’re right about Milk, though… the crocs would have made it perfect. Broadway is just a completely different beast than the rest of the awards shows out there. Her outfit didn’t bug me… it’s her makeup that did it.

    • MilaXX

      Most of them looked like soaps stars on the Daytime EMMYs.

  • Eric Stott

    Dare I say it…Milk may be nearing her sell-by date.

    • Raspberry2012

      Hate to agree with you, but she’s curdling all right.

    • Harry

      I think snatch game could be a turn around though?

      • Raspberry2012

        Were you able to catch who he’s doing? I missed it. Ben is going to be Maggie Smith, Bianca is Judge Judy, Adore is Anna Nicole Smith, and I think I heard Joslyn is doing Teresa Guidice. I missed who Milk is doing.

        • Gidget

          Milk is doing Julia Child! It could be genius and give her an opportunity to show some personality … if there is any. I love Milk but I’m thirsty for more than kook. I thought her runway look was hilarious and spot-on from the neck to the calves but be able to give Gia a Cliffs Note idea of your idea, girl!

          • somebody blonde

            I think Milk’s problem is that she’s genuinely nice and polite. I think she was having problems trying to figure out what to say in the face of Gia’s outright hostility. She’s really not a shady queen. She wouldn’t even really talk smack in the confessional (which is probably why we see so few of her confessionals, now that I think about it).

      • Eric Stott

        Maybe – but she’d have to do someone very unexpected- AND bring some glam to the runway.

      • Eric Stott

        Maybe….unless she just gives more of the same.

  • Harry

    Unfortunately I don’t think Milk will last, even though she’s one of my favorites. The last three seasons have had a story where a girl who does drag in an “alternative” outlet is misunderstood then wins. On “whatcha’ packin?” a web-series where Michelle Visage talks to the eliminated queen Vivacious talked about how gay scenes are so polarized nowadays. I see it in drag: fish, glamour, comedy, camp, edgy queens. This is why I really appreciated Joslyn in Untucked, she clearly will not ever come out in a outfit like Milk, but she made the comments to Gia like “Don’t clock her because her drag is so different, take a moment to understand it.” That shows a lot of maturity on her part, I’m really loving her.

    • Drunken Housewife

      This was the first episode Joslyn has appealed to me, and this was a key moment. Defending another drag queen from bitchy, ignorant Gia was gallant, and she showed some sophistication and empathy there.

    • Aerialgreen

      Glad there are many jumping to the Joslyn Fox love train IMO she has already has Ms. Congeniality on the bag so far, if not a spot in top 5.

  • loulabelle34

    It probably says something about me that I immediately recognized Michelle Visage’s cleavage during the Female/She-male thing…

    • Dandesun

      Same here. I kind of got a kick out of Darienne saying it looked like those fake plastic boobs that queens wear but, at the same time, they were pushed up and together so much it couldn’t have been anyone else.

      Seriously, Michelle is cinched tighter than a polo pony. I’m not sure how she breathes.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      I did too, though I did see her in person in January so they are more fresh in my mind.

    • starcaatcher

      Same.
      I also recognized Raven’s crotch… and I really don’t know what THAT says about me.

    • Drunken Housewife

      I did, too! I said, “Michelle Visage!” out loud.

    • AnotherG

      I recognized them immediately. Hers are the only tits that I know that come labeled with descriptive plates. Accurately descriptive plates.

    • thoroughlymodernmillie

      I recognized Tyra banks’s fivehead immediately!

  • e jerry powell

    SLR: Still serving Deena Jones realness thirty-three years later!

    • MilaXX

      That some good genes right there. She’s one of those I think should be a bigger star than they are.

      • e jerry powell

        I get the impression that she doesn’t mind it so much, though. She’s still every bit the diva, and she doesn’t need more than that to get by, does she? ;-)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I loved the anecdote Pandor gave on the Drag Center recap this episode when she met SLR on an airplane.

      Pandora: I love you!
      SLR: I have received your love!

      I am totally going to use that when people say they love my Cardi Corgi. “Foomin has received your love!”

    • Linderella

      Can you believe it? I saw her in “Dreamgirls” and I swear she looks just the same! If I’ve aged since then (and, oh honey–I have!), dammit, then she needs to as well!

      • e jerry powell

        Not gonna happen. Diva is Eternal. ;-)

        • Linderella

          Well, I love her too much to say “I hate that bitch,” so I guess I’m at an impasse here.

          • e jerry powell

            And she has received your love! :-)

            I think it’s what’s keeping her looking so good.

    • xay

      She is absolutely stunning in person and one of the sweetest celebs I have met. I got to talk to her briefly at a HIV/AIDS conference a few years ago and she is a wonderful person.

  • JJJ

    Did no one else get the CATS reference of Milk’s performance/costume? (They all had some kind of broadway reference, actally, right?)

    I really like Milk because the weirdness does come from a very smart, clever place and I think Joslyn saw that when she was defending Milk in the Lounge – It’s kinda highbrow done in a lowbrow way…but still highbrow (to me at least).

    Unfortunately I don’t think Milk has been able to get that across. Either because she lacks the ability to or the producers won’t allow it…?

    • necroromantic

      loved Milk’s Grizabella but I didn’t get who she was actually supposed to be– a narrator?

      • e jerry powell

        A very fair assessment. I’m not certain how she could have improved that, but it may have been something that didn’t air.

        • necroromantic

          Yeah, it was more the script instead of her performance itself.

    • Raspberry2012

      Yup, I got it.

    • Stubenville

      Sorry, it was kinda hard to see beyond the Boca roadkill she was wearing.

    • zenobar

      I got it too.

    • Chevalle

      And her runway was Funny Girl inspired. She’s really smart, she just has some trouble translating certain elements.

    • somebody blonde

      I think the problem is that while Milk is a creative, talented, and interesting queen, she’s not a funny one-liner girl. Have you noticed that she basically never gets confessional time? I bet it’s because when they ask her to explain her look, she gives a long and thoughtful response detailing the inspiration and what the exact references are without making one quotable 5-second soundbite. Hopefully she’ll last long enough that soundbites won’t be the most important determinate of screen time.

      Basically, I think she lacks the ability to communicate her PoV to the camera in bits that the producers can really use in these early episodes- so both, not either.

      • Donald Hite

        I’m asking this question genuinely, bc I don’t know anything about milk besides what I’ve seen on the show…

        What are you seeing that makes you think she’s some stoic genius? She’s had a couple of funny lines (ie: who are you pointing at, in reference to magnolias nose), but I’ve seen no indication on the show that she has some deep inspiration that she just hasn’t managed to explain properly? The best she could come up with to justify her beard was that she likes to stand out, bc she’s “never” fit in with the fishy queens.

        She obviously has a lot of fans bc many people are doing some extreme mental gymnastics to justify her looks… I’m not seeing it

  • necroromantic

    Milk: Hopefully she can explain herself when the judges call her out for her discombobulated, weird-for-weirds-sake looks. I wouldn’t say she has no personality because that’s probably all editing, but I’d like to see her bust out more. Agreed that she needs to serve something more “beautiful” before the judges get sick of her adding strange touches to her looks.
    Josyln: I really do like her even though she’s not my type of queen. She seems like she has a good heart, but she did look like she was going to her quince. And that hair looked like the ratty hair-scrunchies Claire’s used to sell.
    Darienne: Not so great this week but I’m so drawn to her personality and sense of humor.
    Bianca: Love her, but I’m getting tired of her immediately saying “I’m just kidding” once someone gets offended. Why would anyone assume you’re just kidding and laugh it off when nearly everything you say is a read or a joke? I like her look a lot (insane eye make-up included) and she’s hilarious, but she needs to either own her bitchiness and not apologize or have a better filter and judge the situation before opening her mouth.
    Laganja: Ugh. I think she’s had some of the best looks, her first one excluded, but she is so grating. Stop with the canned drag phrases and act like a real person! Her tantrum in Untucked was weird, but I still like her. It’s weird because she has so much “””personality””” (read: shouts “yes gawd” and “mama” at literally anything) but totally loses it in challenges.
    Adore: Kind of getting sick of her. The voice was sort of endearing the first week but now she’s just so goddam whiny. Also I hate how her hair is so flat in this runway look, and she always has her hands on her face (reminds me of Wiley Wiggins in Dazed and Confused).
    April: I’ll miss her, she was gorgeous and really did try her best. Bad luck to get nailed with two singing/acting challenges in a row because although drag is all about the performance, these clearly weren’t her strong suits.
    Trinity: Could have been worse. I like that she manages to get her shit together for the final performance.

    Gia: Annoying but it’s fun to laugh at her. I liked the bit of backstory we got this week.
    Ben: Agreed with whoever said that her out of drag persona is a million times better than her saccharine schtick.

    • Linderella

      “and she always has her hands on her face (reminds me of Wiley Wiggins in Dazed and Confused).”
      Fucking genius remark. Nailed it.

  • MilaXX

    I really enjoyed last night’s show. Shade the musical was a hoot. For the first time I enjoyed Courtney although she still doesn’t read fishy to me.The two were up for elimination and I wouldn’t have had any problem with either of them going home. I don’t understand why Tiffany thinks she needs to wear a flipper when her own teeth aren’t bad. I don’t think Bianca’s eye makeup looks good at all. That white under eye shadow combined with upper and lower lashes makes her look like an anime character. I didn’t get Milk’s look at all. Gia was rude, but she had a point.

    • necroromantic

      I can tolerate Bianca’s makeup because it comes across as purposeful instead of, say, Roxxxy who made her eyes so close together or the tip of her nose like a cat’s.

      • e jerry powell

        In Roxxxy’s defence (and I hate doing that), but a lot of her face comes from her drag mother, who was a much smaller girl.

        • Drunken Housewife

          You are a very kindhearted person indeed, E. Jerry Powell, to be defending Roxxxy. I’ll bet you brake for pigeons and put the spiders outside instead of sqooshing them.

          • e jerry powell

            Roxxxy’s drag mother Erica (R.I.P.) was a friend. I first met her in 1992, when Erica’s drag mother Tandi (R.I.P.), the then-reigning Miss Gay USofA, was still alive. I was there in Houston when Erica won Miss Gay Texas USofA 1996, in Dallas when she second runner-up to Miss Gay USofA 1997, and again in Dallas when she won Miss Gay USofA 1999.

            While I don’t have a lot good to say about Roxxxy (she lives in Florida, where I’ve never been, and I haven’t been hanging with drag queens on the circuit regularly in about a decade), I feel that I owe it to her mother to keep the nastiness to a minimum.

          • Raspberry2012

            Awww. You’re a sweetie!

          • VicD

            I’m the person who brakes for pigeons and lets spiders be rather than squishing them, but I really despised Roxxxy.

          • starcaatcher

            Roxxxy is actually a very nice person! She didn’t come across that way on television and has gotten a lot of unnecessary hate for it, but in real life, the few times that I have met her, she’s been perfectly pleasant. And she’s ridiculously gorgeous in real life, as well. Like… RIDICULOUSLY gorgeous. It’s ridiculous how gorgeous she is. She’s nice and she’s gorgeous, she was just terrible on the television.

          • VicD

            You’re right … I should say that I despise the person she was edited to be on the show.

    • e jerry powell

      In all the queens’ defense, they’re not adjusting face for being on television, only Ru does that, it seems, and that’s because Mathu Andersen is doing Ru’s face. Drag makeup is even stronger than stage makeup, because it’s meant to be read by drunks at the back of a dark nightclub.

  • e jerry powell

    Fear not for the big girl’s decolletage; big girls have to tape under more than across, so the worst of it ain’t that bad. Up and together, a little shadow contouring, and she’s got more time to work on that fabulous face.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    When I found out what this challenge was going to be about (in last week’s preview), I understood why Adore was still on the competition. Good for her that she brought it, but I still don’t want to see her on the finale because Ru would be betraying herself .

    Do you remember when everyone (the contestants, the judges and, every now and then, Ru herself) were all about “this is not RuPaul School for Girls”?, because I don’t want this show to go the Project Runway route of focusing on redeeming a contestant instead of showcasing the very best of Drag World. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think reality shows should reward on potential, especially since it’s a very risky bet.

  • SimpleSins

    I actually thought it was a little hypocritical when Laganja started growling about having her moment stolen. Wasn’t it just the week before in the lounge that somebody was talking about their hard time when out of nowhere, and without a word, she just started sobbing and stole that person’s dramatic moment just as that person was mustering up some tears (for some reason I think it was one of the fishier queens- Gia or Trinity maybe?). If Laganja continues to cry her way through the lounge, they might want to consider either a tissue company or an industrial strength waterproof mascara company to co-sponsor it.

    • AnotherG

      The Kleenex Interior Illusions Lounge. I like it. They can do tissue boxes and cocktail napkins.

      • e jerry powell

        Big Pink Furry tissue boxes.

  • starcaatcher

    I’m so sad. I’m so, so, so sad! I love April! Love her! I still don’t think she should have been in the bottom last week, but I do agree that she should have been in the bottom this week and, like, I UNDERSTAND why she was sent home, but I’m SO SAD ABOUT IT. She tried so hard! I’m just so upset!
    And I don’t know why, but I like Joslyn more and more each week. There’s just something about her that I find incredibly endearing and charming.
    I still can’t figure out how I feel about Adore, because sometimes I like her, but other times I’m like “stop”. I dunno. She’s kind of annoying, but she’s not the most annoying one to me… and sometimes she’s annoying in an entertaining way?

    • Linderella

      My thoughts exactly, all of it. I really thought April was going to be around. Her Sashay was TOTAL CRAAAAAP.

  • Drunken Housewife

    Whenever Laganja has a confessional, I find it very hard to watch. Laganja out of drag seems to be trying so heartbreakingly hard, so mannered and over-stylized. It’s like watching an awkward 13 year-old. There’s something off there, and she’s trying far too hard and too insecure, and it is depressing.

    But! She lost my sympathy with Untucked. “This was MY MOMENT.” She was more upset about the freakin’ loss of her close-up than moved by her parents’ evolution! Now take a moment to remember Laganja’s drag mother, Alyssa Edwards, who had a similar moment, where her previously homophobic, religious father sent a video message telling her that he loved her and was proud of her. Alyssa had a heartfelt moment with tears, and it was very real. She wasn’t thinking about herself as a reality TV show personality; she was living in the moment of a rejected queer kid finally being accepted by her father. Very different from Laganja’s childish tantrum over having the limelight poached.

    • Jacob Bowen

      As a boy when she interviews in that RIDICULOUS suit and shellacked hairstyle I can’t even watch. She has such a ridiculously fake persona and it irks me beyond belief. I understand that drag is personifying a character, but her character has no depth and drives me crazy.

      • MK03

        Someone on The AV Club dubbed him “Little Lord Gaga” and now it’s all I can see during his talking heads.

      • Geoff Dankert

        Is it weird that Laganja (BTW: still chuckling at whoever decided to nickname her “Lasagna”) wears more makeup as a boy than a girl? B*tch clearly has some stuff she wants to keep hidden.

        • Jacob Bowen

          Oh I know I LOVED when I saw “Lasagna”! She has a TON of insecurity that she’s hiding.

    • In_Stitches

      She summed herself up when she first walked in the work room on day one, said I’m sickening and death dropped to the floor. She tries hard, but the effort is apparent where as promising results aren’t.

  • alannaofdoom

    DOWNWARD DEBBIE.

    That is all.

    • zenobar

      BEST. BEST. BEST.

      It’s all the way up there with “one-way monkey.”

    • Raspberry2012

      It’s the latest yoga pose for negative people!

  • Stubenville

    Sorry kids; Milk has reached her expiration date and needs to go. She should have been sashayed away for the red socks alone; at least April tried to pull together a convincing red carpet look.

  • trashywilma

    I was so excited for Milk, but I feel like Milk’s climax was the first episode. You’ve really pissed me off, Milk.

  • NinjaCate

    I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t see it for Adore. I really don’t. I defer to almighty Uncles TLo if they say she’s got it, but she’s seem very much like obnoxious canon fodder to me from the start, and I still wasn’t overly impressed with her this week. Her looks always feel so… slap-dash. Just… not at all polished, and I feel like you should have that down by now.

    With Trinity, I thought she actually did a great job in the musical, and that made me even MORE annoyed at all her bitching. What was she bitching about even? She did well I thought. But that attitude on the runway? Nopetastic. I feel like Trinity is a little more intellectual that Tyra ever was, but they both have a bland kind of “don’t I look gorgeous” kind of feel to them. Which bums me out. I want to see more from Trinity. Her lip sync was amazing, so it’s not like she doesn’t have skills. But she needs to quit whining and try to be a little more personable and open to critique.

  • http://ultimatevariety.blogspot.com/ Thombeau

    Adore is the very embodiment of the word “petulant”.

    • e jerry powell

      Also “fractious.” And “cantankerous.”

    • alannaofdoom

      I don’t get the hate! She is a perfectly cromulent queen.

      …oh.

      • SimpleSins

        That’s all part of her stragetizing.

  • coco ebert

    Heh. I made that comment last week that Bianca should be careful not to punch down too much. She’s too polished to be constantly ribbing others so harshly.

    But I don’t really hate any queen thus far. I actually think this is a really talented lot and will be sad to see anyone go home. That said, Adore is getting SO many passes. It’s embarrassingly obvious. I still think she’s being groomed to be the next Logo commercial star like Shangela.

    • Chevalle

      Bianca has made a living as an insult queen. Her Rolodex of Hate is literally what people hire her for in New York.

      • coco ebert

        So I hear. Which is awesome. I think she’s hilarious and fierce. I just think it’s coming across as too much in the context of other queens, while as a solo act or in her own show it would fit perfectly. Then again, it could all be the shady editing as well. Untucked is SO heavily edited that none of it seems real to me.

        • Chevalle

          Yeah, the editing makes it seem like everything that comes out of her mouth is an insult, and I don’t believe that’s the case. We saw her be real with Magnolia in the second episode. I wish the editors would let us see more of them, but alas.

          • coco ebert

            I wonder how the queens feel watching the show after it’s over and how the editing portrays them.

      • somebody blonde

        That’s definitely true, but I think she’s having trouble translating that kind of act to reality TV. Basically, she’s treating it like it’s just another performance, but the element of reality is making her look like she’s picking on the other queens to make them feel bad about themselves and therefore weaken them as competitors. ESPECIALLY because she’s mostly reading the really young queens. Yeah, it’s funny. But it also makes her seem like a bully. I kind of wish she would save most of it for the confessional and read the girls she clearly doesn’t like less.

    • Andrea B

      Bianca has been around long enough to know the way to survive in a small sandbox is to form small alliances you can rely on when times get rough. She isn’t there to make friends, okay, but this is for survival. She is getting tired and she is going to need some emotional support soon. She is making the younger queens so nervous they can hardly hear what she’s really saying when she’s being fairly straightforward and sincere. She is not playing this game well at this point.

  • somebody blonde

    Courtney: She was great in the challenge. She looked and acted exactly like her character and she sang the part well. Though personally, I’m starting to think that I should try out for Idol, because if your voice only has to be as good as Courtney’s or Adore’s, that’s not a super high bar to clear. She did deserve the win though.
    Adore: I thought she was overpraised. She sang well enough, but her wig kept covering up her face! How is that star power? What’s more, I think that it’s a little unfair in singing challenges to let the girls with good voices go through based solely on that. The vast majority of the American population can sing serviceably, but not well, and while everyone could take singing lessons to improve, people with good voices mostly just have them. What’s more, you absolutely don’t have to be a good singer to be a drag superstar.
    Ben: TLo is right that she should probably drop the character while she’s in drag and just be herself. I like the BenDeLaCreme persona, but I like her out-of-drag personality even better. I honestly think she should’ve gotten the win this week because her character was so good, she was the team leader, and she managed to almost upstage Courtney.
    Bianca: So many people seem to be defending her reading by saying it’s true and tough love. Here’s the thing: she usually isn’t delivering this “tough love” to anyone who’s in any state to hear it as advice, so she’s basically just needlessly antagonizing people. It kind of makes it seem like it’s not well-intentioned, it’s meant to rattle the other contestants by poking at their weak spots. It’s tired.
    Darienne: I love Darienne, but her clothes need work. She wasn’t all that exciting this week.
    Gia: SO IGNORANT. God, Joslyn was right about that. She didn’t know what the Tony’s were? She thought drag was about female impersonation? Bitch, please. She’s a damn good performer though and her look is always fishy, even if it’s not always stylish.
    Joslyn: I wish her look were better, because I definitely like her as a person. But I can’t imagine her going very far with Cinderella Barbie dresses, sadly enough.
    Laganja: Good look, kind of annoying, deeply insecure.
    Milk: I LOVED Milk. Her performance in the challenge just made me laugh and her singing was very carefully done- her voice isn’t good, but you could tell that she’d worked really hard to make it sound okay. Her runway look would’ve been fine for me except that she did her head really strangely. The shoes and socks looked a lot like those horrible Prada shoes from a while back, but her makeup doesn’t look like anything anyone would wear to the Tony’s, and her hair was straight-up too old lady to go with the pregnancy theme.
    Trinity: I like Trinity, but I was so worried for her this episode. She needs to figure out how to get her confidence going before she wrecks herself. She was so cute and happy a couple episodes ago, but these last two episodes have made her REALLY insecure and defensive. And Bianca picking on her is not helping. I hope she gets it together because she’s gorgeous and a fierce lipsyncher, but my odds on that aren’t great.
    April: Such a sweet queen, but no timing. She was going to go sometime, I suppose it might as well have been this episode.

  • Chevalle

    I just want to point out that Gia came for Milk who was serving Barbra
    Streisand 1964 “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” Funny Girl REALNESS. A
    musical that earned Barbra a Tony Nomination. Which was the ENTIRE
    INSPIRATION for the runway. Bitch, you ARE ignorant. Also, her
    “femininity” comment was especially hilarious considering pregnancy is,
    oh I dunno, a DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC OF WOMANHOOD.

    “What’s a Tony…?” I literally cannot with her.

    Drag is not always an illusion. It is not always beautiful. Just like musical theatre is not always campy and cheerful (sorry, Courtney). It is, however, ALWAYS a performance. That’s what I like about Milk— she puts on a performance. I’m not about to say that she doesn’t have some execution problems, but I’ll always prefer drag that’s funny or conceptual or weird as opposed to drag that’s just…pretty. I thought I wasn’t going to like Courtney for this reason, but she’s really proven me wrong in that respect.

    Bianca remains my favorite. I agree that her joke at Lasagna was poor timing, but she basically is always saying out loud what I’m thinking in my head. I think there’s a point to her clown paint paired with the glamour look. She’s not trying to look like a real woman, she’s trying to look like a clown in a fabulous gown. She’s constantly referring to herself as a clown. There’s no way she’s trying to pull off a “realistic” female look. The exaggerated makeup is intentional. She knows how it makes her face look and that’s how she wants it to be. It’s her trademark that she’s been crafting since 1996. I cannot WAIT for her to do Judge Judy for Snatch Game.

    • coco ebert

      “Drag is not always an illusion. It is not always beautiful.”

      This. When did drag become so strongly about beauty? Is this the mainstreaming effect or something?

      • Chevalle

        It absolutely is the mainstreaming effect. People forget about the drag that came before RuPaul. They forget about the Vaudevillian “nance” roles and characters like Divine that were anything but realism and “beauty.” They also forget that RuPaul herself went through a phase that was not exactly “fishy.”

        • andcoh

          I love you right now.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        I think drag is doing just fine in all its diversity. RPDR is a TV reality competition and thus winds up imposing a whole bunch of definitions and rules on the kind of drag it wants to reward, much in the same way American Idol “defines” what constitutes a great singer and Project Runway does the same for fashion designers. But PR and AI are generally understood to be fake, game show versions of the real industries/arts they’re ostensibly “about.” No one expects them to represent the entire range of singing styles or fashion designers out there. RPDR, because it’s the first and only true representation of the drag world on American TV, is often unfairly expected to offer the broadest, most inclusive and diverse definition of drag possible. But you’ve got to come up with some sort of criteria for judging a competition, so the various judges are going to settle on certain aspects that tend to restrict the definition of drag. Michelle is about the glamour and illusion and Santino is about the style and execution. Ru tends to place more importance on performing polish and the ability to navigate difficult or intimidating circumstances. Various actor and singer guest judges tend to focus on technical aspects of performing like breathing, commanding the audience, eye line, diction, timing, etc. When you combine all that, you’re naturally going to get a tendency to reward fishy, pretty, polished queens over messy, scary avant garde ones.

    • MarissaLG

      I 100% agree with you, but what disappointed me about that interaction in Untucked is that Milk couldn’t defend himself properly. If someone had come to Raja with that, Raja would have destroyed that person, read them for filth. Milk seemed so flabbergasted and unpolished in that moment. I really expected more from him.

      • Aerialgreen

        I’m sincerely hoping it was editing that made it seem that way, because otherwise Milk has been lucky to be in a very protected environment for his drag.

    • Cambel

      Agreed, I would have liked somebody to point out to Gia, that if she is so great, why isn’t she out on the stage with the winners.

  • necroromantic

    I agree with Visage, Adore should cinch. Or something to make her body look more shapely.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      I think Courtney should cinch too, or pad her butt a little bit. She’s much more broad shouldered than she realizes.

      • Eric Stott

        She’s got arms like Michelle Obama, but that ain’t always an asset.

    • Harry

      I really don’t get this whole attack Adore for not cinching thing, like I get why it’s done, but I don’t have as much of a problem with it like she does. I think maybe it comes from the fact that Michelle can see the look Adore is trying to pull off, and thinks it would help her with her intended vision.

      • somebody blonde

        I think it’s because Adore is clearly going for feminine body, but her body lines are like a ruler- straight up and down. She could correct that by either padding or cinching, and cinching is probably easier for her since her clothes probably wouldn’t fit if she padded out and she probably doesn’t have the skill to make good pads anyway.

        • necroromantic

          Yep, exactly. I’m all for queens creating their own look and deciding whether they want to have curves, but it seems like its not intentional.

          • Harry

            Yr rite, Michelle does talk a lot about the body proportions: her obsession with Alexis Mateo’s body a la season 3, disappointing in MiMi Imfurst’s one runway look in All-stars, Detox’s jellyfish look from snatch game last year, etc etc.

      • Mary Stone

        Did Gia cinch? Didn’t look like it to me, and if you’re not going to wear a breastplate, figure out how to contour the chesticles more believably. Adore also said she doesn’t have 1/10th of the wardrobe of the other queens. I know shooting has wrapped and we’ll see what she does for Snatch Game, but Adore could be hilarious as Kat von D. She’s a dead ringer for her.

        • Cambel

          I wish Gia would cynch her mouth.

      • Cambel

        To me it’s because she already slumps her shoulders and walks odd so by not cinching she just gives “Boy in a Dress” vibes, which is a shame because above the neck she looked fantastic.

  • katiessh

    I didn’t think i would like courtney act much- i kind of chalked her up to being simply fishy. But this week she really turned up her game- i’m excited! But god, adore is so freaking broke down. She always looks so terrible, I don’t understand it- i get that she’s young, but even her voice is so unpolished. I don’t know what the american version is, but in australia I think of it as a super broad accent, and it just kills me

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    Love this entry. So well written and in depth. Thanks TLo!

  • VivianAdvanced

    Oh, I’ll miss April. She was so cute to look at as a boy, and I was thinking that she could be made up to look like a young Elizabeth Taylor. Milk, in her Tony Awards outfit, kept reminding me of a pregnant Ted Danson.

    • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

      Living for the pregnant Ted Danson read. I have to say I never cared for April (though she was pretty) until that lip synch where she just let loose. Plus, “Imma bring Jesus, Imma bring all the saints!” is the cutest mid-synch voiceover this show has had in a minute.

  • donaldhitemusic

    Was milk wearing the same damn shoes on the runway that she in her entrance look??? If so, this is the second runway where she has incorporated items very similar/identical to her entrance look. Personally, I’m not feeling Milk at all. I’m just getting weird for the sake of weird, which is boring and tiresome.

    I sort of had a bit of change of heart with Bianca this week. When she was responding to trinity complaining about being homesick in the work room, she seemed to be genuinely trying to help her. Her delivery wasn’t particular touchy-feely (I wouldn’t expect it to be from an older, more cynical queen), but her advice was sound and didn’t seem designed to be shady at all. It seems like most of the older, experienced queens from seasons past have been more above the drama (coco and Alyssa excluded). Latrice was the best example of this. She was so funny and likeable on and off stage, and never stirred any shit that I can remember. I think raja also had a great mix do occasionally shadiness mixed with an overall “over the bs” focus. I would like to see Bianca be a bit more “can’t be bothered”

    I agree with TLo about Ben. My favorite queens have all had basically the same personality in and out of drag. I think the character thing is fine if you’re just watching an isolated performance, but the format of this show is designed to let us know the queens as much out of drag as in it.

    Damn you trinity! I was so rooting for April, but you killed that fucking lip sync. April seemed defeated (why wear that dress when she had to know she would likely be lip synching). I thought her face was gorgeous on the runway, but the whole thing read a little somber. I think she knew what was up. She had a great attitude about it though. I will miss her : (

  • Zaftiguana

    I got what Milk was going for in the show (Andrew Lloyd Webber Feline Realness), and I aaaalllmost got what she was doing on the runway. The AIDS ribbon was classic. But then the shoes and socks and lack of hosiery were something else altogether, so then I was a little stumped.

    Ben might have been my pick for the win, but I don’t think Michelle is feeling her. I LOVED Sheryl as a judge, but her criteria (clearly into the “illusion” as she put it, and “less is more”?!?) were maybe a little off in a couple of places when it came to judging look, and Ben’s flower was not only dragalicious but clever (sort of a Carrie Bradshaw/SJP feel, so it felt like a fun choice for a Tony’s look on top of the tacky drama because of how she and Broderick are major darlings in that scene). But you have to love her for just stripping it right off because a judge said so. It’s too bad that it’s the more polished queens like she and Bianca are the ones most likely to weather critique well rather than some of the girls who most need it. But that’s certainly not coincidence, right?

  • shanteUstay

    I wasn’t really an April fan but I will say this in that poor boy’s defense.
    Twice she was miscast!

    Okay the real discussion here is the very sexy Milk!
    We’ve seen genderfuck and bizarre drag looks with polish and done up glamourous!
    This really seemed like an after thought for shock value.
    The bearded toga party look and the Pinocchio look were great! But not only this come off as bizarre and straight BUSTED, it seemed lazy!

    Refer back to Sharon needles’ elvis look. That was done with full realization with polish and the RIGHT kind of bizarre

  • J. Preposterice

    I feel like Milk COULD have nailed the Tonys look. I mean, the AIDS ribbon made me laugh (come on, how many Tony Awards have you seen where everyone and their mother was wearing a red ribbon), and the Funny Girl reference — and then the shoes and socks and makeup, oh Milk.

  • somebody blonde

    I think some people are forgetting that while Sharon did drag that was just as out there as Milk’s, she didn’t nail every look every time either. Anyone else remember her look for the second-to-last episode? When she did the octopus fingers? The octopus fingers and the face were great, but the dress was just ugly. And Alaska looked lackluster for about half her season. Basically, I’m saying it’s fine to have a dud look or two, even if you’re a club kid queen.

    • Harry

      Plz evry1 read this plz plz, so tru, u da best

  • Cambel

    I thought that Laganga’s family “Moment” was a tired, fake set up. Langanga earlier had said that her parents were supportive. and suddenly here is this fake crying time for her? Additionally, whenever ANY of the other queens had a “Real” moment and somebody lightened the mood they were always grateful. Laganga didn’t say that she was upset because somebody tried to be light about her parents, she was infuriated because somebody stole “Her Moment”. I get that a lot of reality show time is staged, but this one was so obviously an phony attempt by Laganda to wring some fake sympathy from the audience and get some screentime that it was beyond sad and pathetic.

    Oh, and I thought it was funny that in screaming about what she “THOUGHT” ignorant mean, that Gia proved she is ignorant about the meaning of ignorant.

  • Cambel

    I am hoping that Ru gets over the “Let’s put on a Show” theme of every episode this season.

  • Ramon Figueroa

    I think Milk was supposed to channel Grizabella’s faded glamour in the Russical. But you needed somebody like Jinx to pull that off.

  • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

    I’m glad everyone seems to be getting the Milk >> “Funny Girl” reference thing so I’m going to leave her alone for this week since all the comments seem to be focused on her. Instead, thoughts on these other girls:
    Adore- Is potentially amazing, but needs to start delivering NEXT WEEK or things are going to decline quickly for her. I really liked her this week and I sort of wish she had gotten the win since I think Courtney could steal another win more easily.
    Laganja- If Adore doesn’t end up Ru’s growth project this season, Laganja seems poised to take that place. I want to see her dance a lot before she’s eliminated because that’s really what got me excited about her being present on the show.
    Trinity- Is glamorous as hell, flipper included. And that’s it. She’s defensive, insecure, and that will not fly when it’s so obvious on the stage.
    Darienne- Has the best face. Still. SHE NEEDS TO WORK HARDER AND PUSH IT because her looks are still only inching towards anything other than ordinary. The cape from last week was great she needs to bring the camp unafraid like that.
    Gia- Needs to make top 5 or so but only because I want to hear her continue to say more ridiculous, stupid shit on television. “I’m feeling my oats! Let me feel my oats.” She’s delusional on so many levels, it’s great television. Her body language in this challenge was way more standout than I expected? Maybe the Kabuki coming out.
    Bianca- Needs to stop claiming it is a character if she clearly also needs to be that bitchy in non-performance contexts, even on reality TV. People are going to get sick of it, and I say that as someone who enjoys her insult comedy and think she has chops.
    Courtney- Earned that damn win, not just for vocals but total performance commitment. She’s fish for sure, but I think she has so much more wit and awareness than anyone expects her to. “Trinity is lip synching the house down BOOTS. I don’t know what that means but she’s doing it.”
    Joslyn- Could actually be a “black horse” in this competition after all. GASP! But seriously, if she steps it up she could make it much further into the game than originally predicted. She’s the perfect ditz foil to Bianca too which works out nicely whenever they interact.
    Ben De La Creme- A sweetie, but I agree her out of drag persona is more appealing. I also keep forgetting her which is… not a good thing.

    • Donald Hite

      I don’t get this funny girl thing! I think it’s just people desperately trying to make scene of her bs excuse for runway… Merely being pregnant does not mean she’s serving “funny girl” realness… The whole point of the funny girl sense was both the reveal of the pregnancy mid song and the humorous juxtaposition between the song and the wedding dress. I guess she was also serving sound of music realness bc, ya know, she was wearing clothes, just like Maria did! And shoes too! My god, she’s a genius…

      • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

        I appreciate the attempts at shade at the end of the comment, although it sort of weakens the argument when it sounds like you’re just kind of sour on her as a queen in general. Anyways, I don’t think the execution was perfect, but I do think the reference was deliberate, not an excuse. I’m not saying it was a runway success either, I felt fairly neutral about the look in total, nothing close to her past couple weeks (Pinocchio was so well done I near cried). I do give her credit for trying something in keeping with her “EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED” attitude even if she didn’t pull it off fully. And I think we have to take any reference any queen makes on this show and remember certain criteria. Namely, that in the competition all looks are expected to be that queen’s take on something. Milk, being Milk, obviously isn’t going to do a “Funny Girl” reference in a literal way, I think that would’ve been even more off the mark. Also, the criteria of the runway being “Tony Awards realness” I think she had to try and fit the theme while maintaining her own perspective, which obviously isn’t going to be friendly to a red carpet setting. All of that being said, I think this week was a comparative misstep for her in competition because the award show look was sloppier than her musical costume, and beyond that, she stuck to her guns with the look in a way that made her seem like she was being contrary for its own sake, which I think is something that she’s prone to/something she should worry about.

        • Donald Hite

          I guess my issue is what, aside from the pregnancy makes people think this was a deliberate funny girl reference in the first? I just don’t get it. Did Milk say something twitter or something indicating as much? Was it her body language? I haven’t seen funny girl in a whole, but I remember Barbra really selling the humor is the whole thing? Was there a connection there? I’m asking seriously bc Milk seems to have so many adoring fans that I’m questioning my sanity…

          • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

            I am a big Milk fan, but not to the point of defending her work needlessly. I’m watching the scene from the film now so I can make sure to see if I’m recalling the scene properly. Please hold for either a defense of Milk or an admittance of defeat.

          • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

            Alright, having watched the scene a few times to refresh myself I think I get where people are coming from with the idea that it’s a Funny Girl reference but it’s not one. There are parts of Barbra’s performance where she will suddenly remember how pregnant she is (seeing her reflection and so on) where her body language is a campy take on awkwardness. I do see how fans can argue that there are elements of the number that Milk could arguably be channeling, and the idea of playing the pregnant woman amongst all these glamorous ladies (like the Ziegfeld girls in the film) is one that could appeal to Milk. However, all of that is conjecture that Milk herself has not confirmed so it means absolutely nothing, just my best hypothetical justification for it being an explicit reference. There’s way more in the scene that argues against it: Babs’ character using the pregnancy as a source of agency, the pose she strikes at the start of the number, and the theme of the song all speak to a slightly ironic sentiment of this beautiful pregnant bride that Streisand totally plays up/goes along with throughout. In short, there’s a lot of glamor and confidence. Even when she does goofy things with her wedding dress as she moves through the scene, it never achieves the awkwardness of that old lady hem line and sock/shoe combo Milk was rocking. And I admit that in my remembering the film (it has been awhile) she was distinctly less glamorous in that number. So, I confess that I am in the wrong or at least now more skeptical about the whole concept of it being a reference. In which case it was just her being stubbornly weird which is a shame because she’s shown herself to be better than that and we saw where refusing to alter your brand of oddness got Vivacious. Just saying.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        I don’t get the Funny Girl thing either. The only similiarity to the Funny Girl costume is the baby bump. There’s nothing else about it that references the character, costume or film. It seems like a rather huge leap to make in defending her work.

  • JaCory Deon

    Adore was actually the winner for me based on only the musical, bitch has such presence – Courtney Act, while polished and “Broadway” just comes across as (pretty but) bland to me. Bianca is so damn handsome out of drag and is clearly the smartest there (though I put the big girl behind him) but damn if there’s not a roaring sense of anger beneath all she says/does…it’s just so unattractive to me which is too bad because if she could tone it down it’s her competition to lose.

    April was just bidding her time (clock that wig line above): she was cute and likable but certainly not on the Nina Flowers/Alexis Mateo level of Puerto Rican fierceness. Trinity, while having a horrible attitude, surely wasn’t the worst and worthy of the bottom: that distinction goes to Milk. What is this bitch thinking? I was giving her a pass on the first go, and even the Pinnochio thing, but now she’s just coming across as mocking the show/competition and amateur (which is a shame because this bitch has amazon proportions). She def deserved that other bottom spot.

    The rest, meh. Who are they again? Laganja is coming across that a fake, dime store imitation of Alyssa Edwards and the others are a bit forgettable except Gia: yes she is clueless and super-bitchy but I love that she’s there to play that role. She won’t win but she makes the show watchable imho.

  • Robert Johnston

    I kept waiting for someone to point out that Milk was channeling Phyllis Diller as a pregnant lady (which is ridiculous in an intentional way), but no one did so now I wonder if it was intentional or not.

    • somebody blonde

      OMD you’re so right. The hair, the bad proportions on the dress, the socks with slingbacks. I think it would’ve been more obvious if Milk made more effort to make her face up to look like her inspiration instead of wearing basically the same face in different colors. If she’d done her face to look like Phyllis, I think I would’ve seen it more easily. It’s too bad she doesn’t seem like that much of a makeup artist.

      • Eric Stott

        A friend of mind said “Who’d think the Freaky one would turn out to be the Dull one”

  • apt9000

    The fire Trinity had in the LSFYL was amazing. Girl needs to hold on to that and bring it to the rest of the damn competition.

    And I just WISH Latrice could have been there after LaGanja’s “Be the bird they want me to be!” tantrum. That needed a GOOD GOD GIRL GET A GRIP!

  • Eric Stott

    Darienne’s comedy outfit is more interesting than any of her runway looks.

    • http://cheeriosnotapplejacks.tumblr.com zob rombie

      She’s soooooooo close to actually knowing what she wants to be doing aesthetically but she’s just not pushing it hard enough. The runway this week was almost a hilarious Adele parody but it never made it.

      • Eric Stott

        She’s doing Paula Deen on the Snatch Game – it will be interesting to see just how far she’ll go.

  • MissFern

    April = Gloria Estefan. I can’t get past it, she looks just like her.

  • Harry

    If Milk lost the socks, I think the look would’ve been better, maybe she could’ve bedazzled the sicks? something, them with the slit just looks a little hospital patient, like I can imagine the rubber pads on the bottom of them. I am living for Bianca (don’t mind her rolodex of hate either, seems to be the only thing people can talk about, there’s a lot more there), but I’m gonna read her if every look is that same gown silhouette. They are gorgeous and well made, but just another floor length gowns with something different at the straps. Girl can work tho. I think Gia is going home next week, she’s doing Kim Kardashian and I just can’t image that she will have the charisma to make her funny enough. Maybe it’ll be funny because she’ll be clueless, but Ru already clocked her “not having a method” in episode one (or something like that). Pretty certain somewhere down the line a queen will return, or no one will be eliminated in an episode, or a double elimination? any thoughts on that?